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Sector registration mandatory for solar, printing and waste haulers from November 18

Congratulations to the Approvals Reform team: The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has brought three new sectors into its Environmental Activity and Sector Registry Regulations under the Environmental Protection Act: Small Ground-Mounted Solar; Lithographic, Screen and Digital Printing; and Non-Hazardous Waste Transportation Systems. Qualifying activities in these sectors can therefore now take place through registration, [...]

Bizarre rules on Record of Site Condition

Here’s another bizarre rule about Records of Site Condition for contaminated sites where land-uses change: Under s. 14 of O.Reg. 153/04, certain changes in land-use require a mandatory Record of Site Condition in order to get a building permit. These include: 1. A change from an industrial use to an agricultural or other use or to [...]

Downspout disconnection- why bother?

A dinner guest recently grumbled about municipal requirements that he disconnect his downspouts. Why are they making us do such a stupid thing, he complained. What's the point? Do we really have to do it? Yes, we told him, and it's about time! But why? Most downspouts move stormwater from roofs and other hard surfaces [...]

Energy conservation plans for public agencies

A proposed regulation under the Green Energy Act, 2009 (section 6) would require public agencies (i.e. Municipalities, Universities/Colleges, Schools, Hospitals) to submit annual energy consumption and building characteristic info as outlined in the proposed template. In addition, these public agencies would be responsible for developing and implementing three year energy conservation plans for designated facilities. The [...]

Keeping septic systems working

Septic systems don’t run by themselves. They need regular inspections, cleaning and maintenance, or they break down and leak raw sewage. It is therefore somewhat amazing that only last summer was the Building Code (O. Reg 350/06) amended (by O. Reg. 315/10) to require such regular inspections and maintenance, at least in some "vulnerable areas". [...]